Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Almost Done: Three Projects

In between drowsing on the couch and feeling lousy, I haven't been getting much done the past few days. I am working hard on getting my voice in some kind of shape for tonight's storytelling. I have to admit, it's frightening to realize I'll have to talk and sing for two hours when I sound like Darth Vader. I am using all sorts of remedies and have my fingers crossed that one or the other will work.

However, I seem to get a little energy in the late afternoons, and I used it to tackle a few paint projects. This one is done and ready for a booth:

 Remember this moldy beauty I posted a couple days ago? It was covered in mold--I've never seen anything like it. Fortunately it was all on the surface and easily wiped clean. I used Poet's Water Paint and dark wax on it, and added a cast iron knob for the drawer. I love it now. The top is really an ivory color--the lighting makes it look golden. A better look at the top, although this makes it look TOO light. Geez...and it's covered with glass that arrived in a package from eBay yesterday. Nice lot of cranberry glass and a few other things!

This big cabinet is still in progress. It was painted with a faux wood design. I'm taking it to the "vintage kitchen" look with red and white paint and chrome handles. I still have some work to do before it's ready to go. I hope to finish it tomorrow.

Well, it's sideways but you get the idea. Another small project that has been a big hassle. But it's almost done. Cranberry Zing paint that will be dark-waxed; Antique White inside. I added new white pulls. I think it's kinda cute even though it's been a pain. Still need to clean the glass, do some touch-up, get the pulls put on, etc.

And last, a table on the way to a re-do. I painted the base last night; the top will be antique white, and the whole thing will be distressed. I think I'll add a gray wash to the base before distressing. I haven't decided yet whether to use clear wax or the dark wax on this, or maybe mix the two.

I'm am happy that I finally have a little time to get to work on painting. I have a whole line of things waiting for the brush. I think it will be a busy winter as I try to catch up with the backlog.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Weekend

The sun was starting to set as we made our way over the mountains Thursday afternoon. We were off on a dual mission: a visit to my oldest son and his family, and storytelling.

 The sun was shining on the western slope of the Alleghenies, but when we topped this mountain we entered clouds and fog. Larry had a close call with a deer that decided to cross inches in front of our van. Whew. That would have spoiled the trip!

At my son's house, granddaughter Grave was making snickerdoodle cookies from scratch to take on a school field trip the next day. Her class was participating in the annual pumpkin drop at WVU--their pumpkin plummeted 11 stories without breaking, the only survivor from her school's entries!

The next day I was off to Petersburg Elementary to tell stories to the second grade students. My son set this up for the wife of one of his friends at work, and it was a blast. We explored a tall tale, a scary tale, a Jack tale and some fun songs.

Evening found us at dinner at a good Mexican restaurant in Petersburg, and as we walked in we heard laughter--my son's friend, who had attended the storytelling session earlier, was re-telling a couple of the stories I'd told to his dinner companions. What a good feeling it was to know the stories were moving on with a life of their own!

Larry decked out the next morning to go squirrel hunting with Grace. He'd gone the day before while I was telling stories and had good luck. Grace wanted to go with him--she's a good hunter--and so they took off for a couple hours Saturday morning and came in with two more squirrels. I wish I had a picture of the two of them. Grace is a beautiful girl and she even managed to make her hunting outfit look like a fashion statement.

After breakfast we said our goodbyes and headed off to Morgantown, WV, following George's shortcut directions. They were excellent and we made good time, and also saw some lovely country as we passed through part of western Maryland and northern West Virginia.

 The day was crisp and clear in Morgantown, and there were lots of people at the MountainLair for Family Fun Day.

We met up with this young lady at the craft show. She'd just bought a cigar box banjo and played it for us. She was pretty good!

Then it was time to tell stories. I was worried about my voice--I'd been battling a sore throat and it was a challenge to sing and tell stories but I managed to get through it.

Then it was dinner with our storytelling friends Judi and Tom Tarowsky, John Mullins, Gina Marzetti, and Jason Burns (who was taking the photo).

And finally, homeward bound, heading toward the new moon and the west.

I did do a little junking while I was away: these were yard sale finds. The little desk needs stripped and a new lift-down top but it's a true primitive and charming. Larry will start working on it tonight.

Top details:

Dirty, dirty! But I know it will be beautiful when Larry's done with it.

This bowl was filthy too. Some brass cleaner and soap and water brought this Paden City Emerald Glo bowl back to its original state.
 And this one was covered with mold! I've never seen anything like it. I washed it down with bleach water to kill any lingering mold after the first wash to remove the mold. It cleaned up beautifully and I'm already halfway through painting it. Pics later this week.

Today I feel just blah. The sore throat turned to laryngitis overnight so I'm doctoring up to get it under control as fast as possible. I have a two-hour performance coming up Tuesday night so I need to be well quickly.

Right now, I'm heading back out to paint!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

In the mountains

I am in the mountains today,  telling stories at an elementary school..  Tomorrow I'll be in Morgantown telling more stories,  for WVU Mountaineer Week. Tonight, though, is family time with my oldest son and his family. The sun is shining,  the trees are golden, the air is crisp and the time is perfect for traveling this beautiful Mountain State.

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